Status Belinda was large and prestigious pre-Revolution brand established in 1882. It was discontinued in the early to mid-1960s. It was reintroduced in 1989 as a low cost machine-made brand. It was deleted from Habanos portfolio circa 2005, and production moved to Internacional Cubana de Tabacos S.A. (ICT), albeit with new sizes and branding. It was discontinued by ICT around 2014. According to some sources, the cigars were (and possibly are still) available in Cuba for some time after this, so it may have become a domestic production cigar.
Generally The range comprised medium strength cigars. Before circa 2005 the cigars were machine-made with long-filler tobacco. Under ICT, the cigars were made using short-filler tobacco.
Standard Band A 1989 to c2005 Less embossing than earlier bands
Standard Band B c2005 on First ICT band. Embossed.
Cardboard pack of 3 cigars in plastic tubes. Dress box of 10 cigars. Dress box of 20 cigars in plastic tubes.
A c2005 release. 2005-01-01Discontinued c2014. Status uncertain. Probably discontinued c2014.
According to some accounts, the cigar was still available in Cuba for a considerable period after it ceased to be common internationally, and may still be available there. It is possible that the brand has become a Cuban domestic production.